My 16yo daughter, Kirsten, and I enjoyed a beautiful morning along the Columbia River for our first ever LSM Trikke Ride. These rides, on the last Saturday of the month (ie LSM), are designed as a way for Trikke Riders to get together for a group ride which is not only fun but also gets heads to turn and people talking about Trikkes.
I was riding my T12 Roadster and my daughter had it easy, riding the battery powered Pon-e hybrid Trikke. We started at the end of Columbia Point Drive in Richland at 10am and rode along the Riverfront Trail up to the 5.0 mile mark above Snyder Street. The riverfront is pretty in the morning and not too crowded. We passed through 3 city parks, Columbia Point Marina Park, Howard Amon Park, and Leslie Groves Park.
When we made it back to our starting point, the GPS said we had only gone 9.4 miles so instead of stopping I continued down the trail under the highway into the undeveloped portion of Columbia Point. The trail climbs from river level at a pretty good grade, at least for me with my current Trikke skills. When I reached the point where the trail forks to either climb the grade to the I182 bridge or continue along the trail along to the Point, I saw mile marker 0.0. I had always thought the starting point of the trail was at the parking lot. Now I could quit. We turned around and went back to the car.
1 hour and 22 minutes of riding, 10.99 miles. A new distance record for myself. I think I had a good average speed because my daughter was always ahead of me on the electric Trikke. Maybe next time I can make it all the way to WSU Tri-Cities.
Here are the stats:
– Route on Google Maps
– Total distance: 10.99 mi
– Total time: 1:22
– Moving time: 1:13
– Average speed: 7.9 mi/h
– Average moving speed: 9.0 mi/h
– Max speed: 16.5 mi/h
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